As a result of the pandemic, faith has had to become much more “@home” focused rather than “@church” focused because churches have been closed for the past two months.

Yet, did you know that this was how God wanted it to be all along? The home, whether that be an apartment, dorm room, house or condo, was always meant to be the primary place where our faith was to be lived, expressed and nurtured.

Take a look at this passage from Deuteronomy 6:4-7. Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."

As Christians we were never meant to be one hour a week consumers of church. We have been called to live in a 24/7 relationship with Jesus Christ whereby He and His ways are an integrated part of all we do.

Charles Swindoll writes, “The home is where life makes up its mind,” and that is very true. Many of us experienced the hypocrisy of going to church where we were made to act, dress and behave a certain way while we were there and then we went home and lived a completely different way.

That is not how it is supposed to be and that is why many people walked away from Christianity later in life because, for them, it was a very hypocritical thing.

In many ways, while I truly miss being able to have church services and programs, this pandemic may be a very good thing for Christians and the church as it is forcing us to be “@home” focused with our faith. Because churches are closed, the home has had to become the place where we worship, pray, read the Bible and have faith conversations, and that is a good thing.

In fact, I would go a step further and say it is a great thing because the home is where life makes up its mind. True faith is not just expressed at church but is lived 24/7 with the home being the primary place where it is discussed and nurtured.

It is with that in mind that the Log Church has made a commitment to being a faith at home focused church both prior to, during and after the pandemic. Our website, www.crosslakelogchurch.org, has an entire area called TLC@Home to help people be faith at home focused, and when we reopen we have a “Growing Faith@Home” resource center waiting to help and serve people as well.

We are here to help you bring faith and faithful living into your home where it was always meant to be and where it matters the most.

Mark Holmen is pastor at Crosslake Evangelical Free Church (The Log Church).